Newsletter | May 17, 2023

Join us this Sunday as we
celebrate our Graduates.

Remington Smith

Emily Stone

Alex Taylor

Joey Williford

Arizbeth Zapote

Bro. David and Jane cordially invite you.

As you know, we are preparing for community outreach on May 28th at 5:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity for us to share the love of Christ with our community and invite them to join our church family.

You can help us prepare for visitation by filling out yellow prospect cards in your Sunday school classes. These cards provide information about people we can contact about our church.

Giving as of May 16, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $134,118.20
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $97,083.93
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . . . $9,989.00


We will not have a Mid-week devotion this week. However, we always have past devotions and sermons on our website. Click the link below to view past messages.

From Our Pastor

Graduation – what an exciting time! It is a time of celebration as we rejoice in our seniors’ success in their studies. It is also a time of anticipation as we think about our seniors’ goals, dreams, and hopes for the future. We hope each of them succeeds wonderfully in their lives.

What will enable them to succeed? There is no shortage of supposed help for success. Bookstores are filled with books, magazines, and professional journals that promise to give an answer. Websites, videos, and social media figures make the same promise with less time and initial expense. Alleged experts are the scourge of everyone’s circle of friends and family.

While some of these sources may provide some help in achieving success, none of them provide the real answer. God alone is the source of true and lasting success.

In Joshua 1:1-9, God gives Joshua the path to success. While these instructions are directly for Israel in the conquest of the promised land, the principles apply in every situation in every generation. These instructions will guide our graduates and ourselves into success.

What must we do for success? First, we must belong to the Lord. These instructions are only for God’s people. God had brought Israel unto Himself through the Passover. Only when we have trusted Christ as the ultimate Passover Lamb do we become one of God’s people (John 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:7). Only when we are His do we receive His help in success.

Next, we must follow the Lord. God had a particular land that He wanted Israel to possess. Any part of the land that Israel failed to conquer and occupy was failure. Any other land that Israel happened to obtain was not true success. Real success was defined by conquering the particular land God had for Israel.

Nothing has changed. We must follow the Lord into the plans He has for us. Any part left undone is failure and other accomplishments are not real success. As Ron Dunn once observed, “Success is finding out what God wants you to do and doing it.” We must follow God into what He wants us to do – no other opinion, estimation, or critique matters.

Third, we must trust the Lord. Only God can fulfill His plan in His way. The promised land was already occupied by large, powerful, advanced nations. Israel was no match for them. That was not a problem because those nations were no match for God. Israel needed to put their complete trust in God. As we face our lives, we must do so by trusting God. He is an unfailing help (Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 41:10).

Last, we must obey the Lord, God makes it clear that Joshua and Israel would have success only in obedience. Although it may not be a popular topic, obedience is a necessity for success. As God told Joshua we must read, learn, and do God’s Word.

Real success is no mystery. God gives it to those who follow His path. Will you?

Sunday, May 21

Deacon of the Week:  Dwane Lewis

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Dwane Lewis
Organ Greeter:  Dan Raines
Piano Greeter:  Daniel West

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry

Sunday, May 28

Deacon of the Week:  Allen Whitehead

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter:  W. Greg Brown
Piano Greeter:  David Flake

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Sandra Ellis & Elizabeth See